If you've taken a look at our digital gradebook--or if you've taken a look at a printed copy of your child's progress report--you'll notice that assignments in Room 152 seem to have relatively few points attached to them.
I'd like to take a moment to clarify what those (rather small) numbers mean.
Scores for content-driven items (think workbook pages, quizzes, projects, tests, and the like) are scored on a four-point scale. Here's what the scores mean.
Why do I use this scale? It puts the focus back on the content covered in class. It's the difference between a student saying, "I only needed four more points to get a B," and "If I'd only explained mitosis more thoroughly, I'd have expressed a solid understanding of the topic." Content is key.